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Heart of the Canadian Rockies

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Most popular

Price per person
from £1,735

Price based on
London Gatwick
9th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

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  • 11 days

  • Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

The Canadian Rockies are known for their stunning scenery, rugged mountains, breathtaking glaciers, mighty rivers, and gorgeous national parks. On this Heart of the Canadian Rockies tour, you’ll experience this breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling experiences as you overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver.

Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have time to take an optional excursion and explore the alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and quaint shops on your own. You’ll also enjoy two nights in Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. You can hike, explore the shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. Between Banff and Jasper, you’ll enjoy a highlight of this Canadian Rockies tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Your journey between the two national parks also includes a stop in Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness.

This tour also includes ferry crossings between Vancouver and Victoria as well as sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. In Victoria, your sightseeing includes world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits. Free time in Victoria allows you to explore on your own. Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel or take a historic walk. Be sure to enjoy the scenery on the ferry crossings.

All of this and more await you on this Canadian Rockies tour designed for the savvy, value-minded traveller. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes you’ll see on this once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

At a glance

  • Calgary Sightseeing
  • Banff National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
  • Lake Louise Visit the lake
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
  • Jasper National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
  • Victoria Sightseeing; visit Butchart gardens
  • Vancouver Sightseeing; Stanley Park

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 8 days: Alaska Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

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9th June 2018
Mr Geoffrey Bowler

All went well great holiday...

2nd June 2018
Mr Calvin Hydon

All went well great holiday

No hitches at all apart, from the Cab from the...

25th May 2018
Mr George Callander

No hitches at all apart, from the Cab from the airport to the first hotel. The person on the Associated Cabs desk would not accept the voucher. We were reimbursed by the tour director immediately

Brilliant from the scenery to the tour manager and the...

10th October 2017
Mrs Annette Kay

Brilliant from the scenery to the tour manager and the driver and the people that we were with

Excellent tour, covering all advertised places and trips. Tour...

20th September 2017
Mr Mark Fowler

Excellent tour, covering all advertised places and trips. Tour guide , Renato, was excellent. The optional trips were great value for money and exceeded expectations.

Simply wonderful way to see The Rockies....

4th August 2017
Miss Kaye Wilson

Simply wonderful way to see The Rockies.

...

19th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Never done an escorted tour before, but would do it...

17th July 2017
Mrs Isabel Warren

Never done an escorted tour before, but would do it again. Me and my husband saw some wonderful sights that otherwise we would never have found, and everything was organised for us. If you've never done one before, here's the answers to a few questions you might have! ( we did the Heart of the Rockies by the way) 1. What's it like being on the bus all day, and who's on it? On the coach there were all different nationalities (all English speaking) with an age range of about 16 to 80. If you want to make friends you can, and there were some single people on the trip, but if you're miserable beggars like us you can easily keep yourself to yourself. It can be hard going, but our guide Bev was lovely, and we learned a lot. 2. What clothes shall I take? A bit of everything! We went in summer, and in the day it was shorts and t shirts, but you do need a couple of jumpers and a jacket for different excursions. And remember, you won't have time to wash anything.... 3. How much money will I need? Only 1 breakfast was included, so you do need quite a bit. It wasn't cheap to eat out....a bar meal with a couple of alchoholic drinks was about £50-£60. But there are always shops around for snacks. Hope that helps! Most people on our trip had done tours before, and would never travel with anyone but Archers/Cosmos, and we recommend them too.

This is a perfect tour if you want to see...

29th June 2017
Mr David Shaw

This is a perfect tour if you want to see the magnificent Rockies and epic lakes and awesome scenery. We would have awarded 5 stars and excellent but a couple of hotels were well below standard and not at all acceptable on such a fantastic tour and such a reputable company as Archers. But, we still had a fantastic time and experience on a truly great adventure.

Overview

The Canadian Rockies are known for their stunning scenery, rugged mountains, breathtaking glaciers, mighty rivers, and gorgeous national parks. On this Heart of the Canadian Rockies tour, you’ll experience this breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling experiences as you overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver.

Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have time to take an optional excursion and explore the alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and quaint shops on your own. You’ll also enjoy two nights in Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. You can hike, explore the shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. Between Banff and Jasper, you’ll enjoy a highlight of this Canadian Rockies tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Your journey between the two national parks also includes a stop in Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness.

This tour also includes ferry crossings between Vancouver and Victoria as well as sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. In Victoria, your sightseeing includes world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits. Free time in Victoria allows you to explore on your own. Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel or take a historic walk. Be sure to enjoy the scenery on the ferry crossings.

All of this and more await you on this Canadian Rockies tour designed for the savvy, value-minded traveller. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the stunning landscapes you’ll see on this once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

No meals included

UK - Calgary

Day
1

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Calgary - Banff National Park

Day
2

The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Tour many of the city’s attractions, including Canada Olympic Park, and the Saddledome. Motor west through the foothills and into BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

Banff National Park

Day
3

Banff is one of Canada’s favourite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
4

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next: a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 750 feet thick. Then, journey north into JASPER NATIONAL PARK, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes. Later, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper town upon arrival.

Jasper National Park

Day
5

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Jasper National Park - Mount Robson - Kamloops

Day
6

Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Day
7

As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

Victoria

Day
8

Today is free to explore on your own. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will have ideas for enjoying this most British of Canadian cities.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

Day
9

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

Vancouver - UK

Day
10

Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Vancouver further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Special Depatures: Calgary Stampede 6 July & 9 July 2019
Enjoy daily passes to the Stampede grounds, rodeo admission, chuckwagon races, and the Grandstand Show. See website for details.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Calgary - Sandman Hotel City Centre

This central Calgary city centre hotel offers an on-site restaurant and lounge. All guestrooms offer free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The Calgary Tower is only 12 minutes' walk away. The Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary Stampede are only 9 minutes' drive away. 17th Avenue shopping and entertainment district is just over 0.6 miles from the property.

  • Location

    888 7th Avenue Southwest, T2P 3J3 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre Wifi available Indoor rooftop Hot tub

Banff  Bow View Lodge

A view of the river is available in most guest rooms at the Bow View Lodge. A cable TV, seating area, and private bathroom are provided in each room. Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is close by. The Cave and Basin National Historic Site is 1.6 miles from the property. 

  • Location

    228 Bow Avenue, T1L 1A5 Banff, Canada

Jasper Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge Jasper features air conditioning and cable TV in each guest room. They have also equipped coffee/tea facilities and a small refrigerator. Located on main street, this hotel is surrounded by evergreens within Jasper National Park. It offers an award-winning steakhouse, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. The Jasper tramway is 5.6 miles away.

  • Location

    86 Connaught Drive, T0E 1E0 Jasper, Canada

Kamloops The Thompson Hotel

A 37" flat-screen TV, mini refrigerator, and in-room coffee and tea are available in each room. Free WiFi is available.This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Featuring an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, this hotel offers two on-site restaurants and complimentary bikes for rental. Kamloops Airport is 15 minutes away from the property. 

 

  • Location

    650 Victoria Street, V2C 2B4 Kamloops, Canada

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar Free WiFi Room Service Indoor Swimming Pool Hot Tub Spa

Vancouver Downtown Holiday Inn

A coffee machine and a desk are featured in all rooms at Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown & Suites. Ironing facilities are included. A private bathroom offers a hairdryer. The hotel is located just 200 yards from Granville Street entertainment district.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, V6Z 1R2 Vancouver, Canada

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